Aquatint on paper 20" by 14" (32" by 24 1/2" in tasteful framing, with quality materials), signed in pencil at lower right corner within the image, the subject a lady intensely examining a print from a bulging portfolio in a studio, other works visible in other portfolios and hanging on the wall. The colors are somber and elegant. Robbe was a major French printmaker late in the 19th and early in the 20th century. His subject matter included Paris scenes, which are his most sought after work, elegant figures in interiors, and scenes in Brittany, featuring marketplaces and common folk. Jacques Villon worked with him, and Robbe achieved great success and recognition. He is really known for his prints, rather than original drawings and paintings; and it is for brilliant advances with aquatint technique that he remains so especially appreciated to this day. Works, generally in editions of less than 100, appear frequently at auction in Europe and America. This example has not been examined out of the frame but it appears to be in very good condition, with just some paper browning. There is a rubber stamp of Wolf Schulz Gallery, 383 Geary Street, San Francisco, (near Union Square) on the backing. The gallery, which dealt in higher end art, appears to have been in business at that location in the 1980's and 1990's. Plexiglas was used for the framing, which will facilitate safe and economical shipping.
MANUEL ROBBE (1872-1936) important French printmaker color aquatint of lady examining prints in the studio